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About Hopealinjat - Silverlines
Finnish Silverline operates on lakes Pyhajarvi and Vanajavesi from Tampere via Visauvuori to Hämeenlinna. On the route you can experience e.g. verdant Aulanko area with its versatile services, taste the wines of Lepaa vineyard and delicacies of Lepaa's manor, visit well-known Finnish sculptor Emil Wikstrom's studio and Kari's pavilion of cartoonist Kari Suomalainen in Visavuori, enjoy shopping in Ideapark shopping center in Lempaala or relax in tropical pools of Spa Hotel Eden in Nokia. There are cosy restaurants onboard Silverline boats in which you can enjoy the delicacies for the whole family.
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JohntheFinn wrote a review Jul 2021
Helsinki, Finland10969 contributions75 helpful votes
I took Silverline from Tampere via Visavuori to Hämeenlinna in July. The lake scenery with its endless islands is superb and the boat is comfortable enough. I appreciated the hearty buffet and there was even some entertainment (young guy with a guitar). The commentary was bilingual, Finnish and English, to the point and intelligible throughout. There isn't a better form of slow travel in the lakelands of Central Finland.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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FinlandNotEngland wrote a review Jun 2019
Tampere, Finland57 contributions14 helpful votes
We had a nice weather today for our three hour ride from Tampere, one hour stop at Laukko and now a boat trip back to Tampere. The pier at Laukko Manor is not clearly marked on any map but easy to find. If you plan to have a lunch at Laukko, one should reserve a table in advance.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Tuisku N wrote a review May 2019
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Beautiful finnish view to the lake. Sun is shining and water reflecting the skies. While I`m looking outside I enjoyed big lunch. It was on point. I love that they use local food. Highly recommended if you visit Tampere. :)
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Date of experience: May 2019
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JariJK wrote a review Jul 2018
Kouvola, Finland4893 contributions296 helpful votes
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S/S Tarjanne is a steamship, which is 110 years old. It is the world's only steamship still cruising on a long route. It cruises from Tampere to Murole Canal and further to Ruovesi, Visuvesi and Virrat. The whole route takes 8 hours 15 minutes. This route is named as Poet's Way after the famous Finnish poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg (1804-1877), who spent time here. We had a package that included a cruise from Tampere to Virrat (about 8 hours), a lunch on board and a bus transfer from Virrat to Tampere (about 2 hours). There are some cabins on board. So it is possible to book a cabin, stay overnight there (in the harbor of Virrat) and then cruise back to Tampere next day. If you want to take a shorter cruise, you can book a package to Ruovesi. So the cruising time from Tampere is under five hours and then a bus transfer back to Tampere. You can also take a bike with you on board if you want to come back by bike or if you want to step away from the ship at Ruovesi and bike to Helvetinjärvi National Park. The lunch was served in the restaurant of the steamship. The interior of the restaurant is designed by the world-famous artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931) and it is very nostalgic and charming. The lunch included salad, chicken, potatoes, water and coffee. Alcoholic drinks were available with extra charge. The ship restaurant is quite small and the service was very kind but slow. They also have a limited à la carte menu but it is a good idea to have a table reservation. There is also a cafeteria at a lower deck. They have a route commentary (audio guiding) both in Finnish and in English on board. Also free Wi-Fi is available. I have taken part in many cruises in Finland and elsewhere in Europe, but I have never before seen as beautiful cruise route as this. You see big lakes from Tampere to Murole. After that the waterway is quite narrow. You see wonderful straits, small bays and beautiful islands. So I recommend that you book the whole route from Tampere to Virrat but if you don't want to spend the whole day on board, you can book a cruise to Ruovesi. There seems to be a nice restaurant and a sandy swimming beach in the harbor of Ruovesi. You can also walk to the famous Runebergin lähde (Runeberg's Spring) 600 meters from the harbor. There is a bus connection from Ruovesi to Tampere. Poet's Way is situated on Lake Näsijärvi to the north of Tampere. S/S Tarjanne stars cruises from the harbor of Mustalahti, next to Särkänniemi Amusement Park. Finnish Silverline (Hopealinjat) has many other cruises, too. These other cruises start from the harbor of Laukontori (Ratinan suvanto) almost in the city center and they cruise on Lake Pyhäjärvi to the south of Tampere. I have earlier taken part in these other cruises (e.g. to Hämeenlinna). They are also very nice and views are beautiful but not as beautiful as on Poet's Way with S/S Tarjanne. On Poet's Way you see much more natural and varied views. In my opinion, Poet's Way is the best cruise ever!
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Date of experience: July 2018
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juhaybelen wrote a review Jun 2017
Naantali, Finland36 contributions55 helpful votes
We had a early June evening cruise on the Pyhäjärvi lake. Weather was relatively cold and windy however it was very nice onboard. As the lake is well sheltered and the vessel M/S Silver Sky relatively wide the journey was very comfortable. So it is a good option even if the weather would not be as expected for summer days. The cruise started about 7 PM and we were ready for some drinks prior to the dinner. Variety of drinks were good and our choice was champagne. As a dinner we had 1st salads from the buffet - that was truly a great experience with very fresh raw materials and some nice local additions like selection of local cheese. As main course I had beef sirloin - it was done nicely to the degree expected. Other were having risotto as well as salmon. Delicious. Especially I was happy of the service quality and attitude - that's something that left smile on your face and made the 3 hours cruise to feel somehow short.
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Date of experience: June 2017
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